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Ranunculus gramineus (Grass-Leaved Buttercup)

Grass-Leaved Buttercup, Grass Buttercup, Grassy Buttercup, Mountain Buttercup

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Ranunculus gramineus, Grass-Leaved Buttercup, Grass Buttercup, Grassy Buttercup, Mountain Buttercup, Yellow Flowers

Ranunculus gramineus (Grass-Leaved Buttercup) is an herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of narrow, grass-like, gray-green to blue-green leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm). In spring and early summer, it produces a profusion of bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers on slender, erect stems about a 12 in. tall (30 cm). Quite small, 3/4 in. wide (2 cm), the blossoms can be solitary or in groups of three. Native to well-drained Alpine meadows of Southern Europe and North Africa, Grass-Leaved Buttercup goes into dormancy in late summer, when its foliage dies back to the ground. In mild climates leaves reappear in the fall. A cute perennial plant for the rock garden or perennial border.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 12-20 in. tall (30-50 cm) and 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in fertile, moist but well drained soil.
  • Great candidate for beds and borders, edging, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens or containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, snails or powdery mildew.
  • Propagate by seed in containers as soon as ripe and placed in a cold frame, or divide mature plants in the spring or autumn.
  • All parts are poisonous if ingested. Sap may irritate skin.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to the Western Mediterranean; Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy (including Sardinia), and Switzerland.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Ranunculus
Common names Ranunculus, Buttercup
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Tecolote Café’ (Persian Buttercup)
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)
Ranunculus flammula (Lesser Spearwort)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Ranunculus
Common names Ranunculus, Buttercup
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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